Darren Major

CBC journalist

Darren Major can be reached via email darren.major@cbc.ca or by tweeting him @DMajJourno.

Latest from Darren Major

5 years later, still no leads in mysterious float plane takeoff

A float plane that took off under a bridge connecting Ottawa and Gatineau five years ago — prompting a Transport Canada investigation — still hasn't been identified.

Game over: Microplay store closing after 3 decades

After 28 years and seven generations of video game consoles, Jay Denis is calling it quits. The owner of the Microplay video game store in downtown Ottawa is shutting down his operation this week.

Ottawa Valley starts to sort out recycling woes

Municipalities are trying to find places for their recycling after the abrupt closure of Beaumen Waste Management Systems in late June.

Elgin Street businesses feeling the pinch 6 months into road closure

Shopkeepers and restaurateurs along Elgin Street are reporting a noticeable decline in business since a long stretch of the street was closed to traffic in January.
CLIMATE CHANGE

Canada's military feeling the strain responding to climate change

The country's top military commander says Canada's Armed Forces are being pushed to the limit responding to an increasing number of climate-related events such as floods and fires.

Elections Canada dropping plan to use 'influencers' to promote youth voter registration

Elections Canada has abandoned a plan to use social 'influencers' to encourage young people to register to vote in the upcoming federal election.

Flood washes away high school rowing season

High levels on the Ottawa River have forced the Ottawa Rowing Club to cancel this year's high school season — and that means local athletes will miss the national championships.

Federal-provincial legal brawls the new normal in Canada, Saskatchewan premier says

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said legal battles are becoming a normal part of intergovernmental relations in Canada, after Saskatchewan's Court of Appeal ruled that the carbon tax imposed on the province by the federal government is constitutionally sound and falls within the legislative authority of Parliament.

Soy producers want interest-free loans boosted for other crops, industry rep says

The federal government's plan to boost interest-free loans for canola farmers has left Canada's soybean sector wondering when it might get similar help.

Liberal MP Andrew Leslie won't seek re-election this fall

Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs and one-term Liberal MP for the Ottawa riding of Orléans, isn't seeking re-election this fall.

Canola producers want fast resolution to feud with China — but are ready to look elsewhere

After Chinese authorities banned two major Canadian companies from shipping canola seed to China, producers say they're hoping for a quick resolution to the dispute — but are prepared to look to other markets.

'Put up or shut up': Liberal MP challenges Philpott and Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin

Long-time Liberal MP Judy Sgro is calling out fellow caucus members Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, accusing them of targeting their anger and frustration directly at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

City playing catch-up as potholes multiply

This winter's wild weather is slowing the efforts of city crews to fill all those potholes riddling Ottawa's roads.

'Like therapy to me': Afghan vet writes book to help overcome war trauma

When Jocelyn Démétré couldn't bring himself to speak about his experiences in the Afghan war, his therapist suggested writing it down instead. He has now published a book and is using the funds to help other veterans.

Redblacks offence gutted in CFL free agency

The Ottawa Redblacks have lost four offensive starters on the first day of CFL free agency, including quarterback Trevor Harris.